The Practical Guide to Usability

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How This Course Will Help Your Career

What You’ll Learn

  • Why usability matters, and what the key user interface design principles and usability considerations are
  • How to best position yourself as the user in order to spot usability problems
  • How to test the usability of a design through usability evaluations and cognitive walk-throughs
  • Best practices for conducting user testing
  • How to practically apply usability into your daily design work

Every product or website should be easy and pleasurable to use, but designing an effective, efficient and enjoyable product is hardly the result of good intentions alone. Only through careful execution of certain usability principles can you achieve this and avoid user dissatisfaction, too. This course is designed to help you turn your good intentions into great products through a mixture of teaching both the theoretical guidelines as well as practical applications surrounding usability.

Countless pieces of research have shown that usability is important in product choice, but perhaps not as much as users themselves believe; it may be the case that people have come to expect usability in their products. This growing expectation puts even more pressure on designers to find the sweet spot between function and form. It is meanwhile critical that product and web developers retain their focus on the user; getting too lost within the depths of their creation could lead to the users and their usability needs getting waylaid. Through the knowledge of how best to position yourself as the user, you can dodge this hazard. Thanks to that wisdom, your product will end up with such good usability that the latter goes unnoticed!

Ultimately, a usable website or product that nobody can access isn’t really usable. A usable website, for example, is often overlooked when considering the expansion of a business. Even with the grandest intentions or most “revolutionary” notions, the hard truth is that a usable site will always be the windpipe of commerce—if users can’t spend enough time on the site to buy something, then the business will not survive. Usability is key to growth, user retention, and satisfaction. So, we must fully incorporate it into anything we design. Learn how to design products with awesome usability through being led through the most important concepts, methods, best practices, and theories from some of the most successful designers in our industry with “The Practical Guide to Usability.”

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Our clients: IBM, HP, Adobe, GE, Accenture, Allianz, Phillips, Deezer, Capgemin, Mcafee, SAP, Telenor, Cigna, British Parliment, State of New York

Is This Course Right for You?

This is a beginner-level course suitable for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike:

  • ֱ designers looking to boost their work experience with evidence-based theoretical knowledge
  • Project managers who want to build user-centered products that stand out from the competition
  • Software engineers interested in augmenting their development skills with a sound knowledge of usability
  • Entrepreneurs looking to ship products that are free from usability flaws and thus succeed
  • Newcomers to design who are considering making a switch to ֱ design

Courses in the Interaction Design Foundation are designed to contain comprehensive, evidence-based content, while ensuring that the learning curve is never too steep. All participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, seek help with tests, and enjoy the social aspects afforded by our open and friendly forum.

Learn and Work with a Global Team of Designers

You’ll join a global community and work together to improve your skills and career opportunities. Connect with helpful peers and make friends with like-minded individuals as you push deeper into the exciting and booming industry of design.

Lessons in This Course

  • Each week, one lesson becomes available.
  • There’s no time limit to finish a course. Lessons have no deadlines.
  • Estimated learning time: 18 hours 12 mins spread over 8 weeks.

Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction

Available once you start the course. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 30 mins.

Lesson 1: User Interface Design Guidelines

Available once you start the course. Estimated time to complete: 6 hours 1 min.

Lesson 2: Usability Considerations

Available anytime after Nov 01, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 2 hours 21 mins.

Lesson 3: Thinking Like Users

Available anytime after Nov 08, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 3 hours 49 mins.

Lesson 4: Usability Testing and Evaluation

Available anytime after Nov 15, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 4 hours 41 mins.

Lesson 5: Inspection Methods: Practice and Application

Available anytime after Nov 22, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 19 mins.

Lesson 6: Personas: A Method of Maintaining User Focus

Available anytime after Nov 29, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 56 mins.

Lesson 7: Practical User Testing Documentation

Available anytime after Dec 06, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 23 mins.

Lesson 8: Usability Testing: Practical Application

Available anytime after Dec 13, 2020. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 52 mins.

Lesson 9: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up

Available once you start the course.

How Others Have Benefited

Matthew Worner

Matthew Worner, Malta

“Enjoyed the rigorous of this course and it showed more bridging of ideas and theories than I expected to see which was great.”


David Calabrese

David Calabrese, United States

“The whole concept of integrating testing with production, and, in particular, the idea of testing early, is a key insight. Specifically calling out the techniques of agile development, and the use of prototypes, is also good exposure for the methods used in day-to-day product production.”


Sarang Sudhir Pitale

Sarang Sudhir Pitale, India

“Amazing experience while taking the course , great learning and wish that I will get to implement all of these in my future projects.”

How It Works

  1. Take lessons by industry experts

    Lessons are self-paced so you’ll never be late for class or miss a deadline.

  2. Get a Course Certificate

    Your answers are graded by experts, not machines. Get an industry-recognized Course Certificate to prove your skills.

  3. Advance your career

    Use your new skills in your existing job or to get a new job in ֱ design. Tap into our community to help you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I take more than one course at a time?
    Yes, you can take as many courses as you would like. For example, if there are 30 active courses, you can enroll in all 30 courses at the same time and move from one to the other as you please.

    There are no further charges once you have paid for your membership.

    Please note: If you have a student membership, you can take a maximum of two courses at the same time. As a student, you can thus still take as many courses as you would like – free of extra charges – just as long as you finish them (or drop them) so that you don’t have more than two ongoing courses at the same time. Please note that if you drop a course, progress is not transferable between cycles. So, you'll have to redo the lessons and answers you already completed in the current cycle. 

  • I missed the enrollment date and now the course is closed. Will I have any opportunity to take the course in the future?

    Don't worry if you missed the course. We will re-run it shortly. One of the reasons we continually open and close courses is to be able to control the classroom size.

    Networking is a large part of our value proposition, so we want just the right number of people inside the courses. That is also why we display the "XX % percent booked" on our course icons.

    We’ll re-schedule the course and make it available for sign-up on /courses in only about a week (or perhaps a little bit longer). The actual start date of the course will be a few weeks after sign-ups begin too. We’ve found that this is the best way to maximize flexibility and convenience for everyone, especially you as you put your course program together.

  • Do I have to be online at an exact time to study?

    No. You can set your own study schedule. There are no "live sessions" or "webinars" since our members are from all timezones around the world. We are a truly global community – with members in every single corner of the world.

    Thus, once you are enrolled, you can take all the time you want to complete a given course. Every "classroom" in each course will never close, so you’ll have permanent access to your classmates and your course material (as well as your own answers).

  • Will I receive a Course Certificate?

    Yes. Every time you complete a course, you get an industry-recognized Course Certificate. There is no limit to how many Course Certificates you can earn during your membership. You will also receive a 3-step guide on how to include your Course Certificate on LinkedIn and in your résumé/CV.

    You can see an example of a Course Certificate at the bottom of the Course Catalogue.

  • I have answered questions in a lesson; when will they be marked/graded?
    We do the marking/grading in so-called "sprints" – where we sit down and do all the marking/grading in one go. Your answers will be graded approximately two weeks after you submit your work. 

    We do this because it is much more efficient than doing one little step every day. It's part of our lean/agile work philosophy, and that approach to efficiency is one of the factors that keeps our membership prices so incredibly low.

    We are doing it to save you money and as part of our mission to lower the cost of high-quality design education.
  • I have updated my name, but my course certificate is not updated — how can I change it?
    Once you update your name, the certificate will be updated automatically in the next 48 hours. 
  • I have started the course/lesson later than the specified date, are my answers still going to be marked?

    We will be marking answers for as long as there are active members. Therefore, even if you are the only person taking a lesson at that particular time, your answers will still be marked.

  • How are courses graded?
    Open-ended questions are graded by our experts and course instructors – not by machines. 

    That's one of the reasons that our Course Certificates are credible and recognized by industry leaders
  • I started a course after the official start date; for how long will I have access to the course materials?

    Regardless of when you have enrolled on a course, you will have access to the course materials for the entire duration of your membership. So, if you pay for a one-year membership, you will have access for one year, renewing your membership for a second year means you will have access for two years, and so on.

  • New lessons are starting before I have had the chance to complete all aspects of the previous lesson(s); am I going to be locked out of these unfinished lessons?

    No, you will not be locked out of any lesson or course. You will have access to all course materials throughout your membership, so there is no pressure to keep at the same pace as the specified lesson release dates.

    All we recommend is that you try to stick to the same schedule as other participants. The reason is they may have moved on to other lessons, thereby meaning you could miss out on the social aspects of the course(s). However, we anticipate that there will be a constant flow of participants working through different lessons and courses, so overall you are unlikely to miss out. We will also be running all courses again — so there really is no rush.

  • Are course certificates awarded on a specific date?

    No; you can generate your certificate as soon as you attain at least 70% of the total course points.

  • When will I receive my Course Certificate?

    Course certificates will be given to participants when they have scored more than 70% or more of the total course points. For example, if a course contains ten lessons each with ten questions, you will receive a course certificate when the instructor has awarded you at least 70 points (70% of the total course points).

    There is no specified time that certificates will be awarded — instead, they are given to participants as and when they have answered all questions, even if this is long after the official end date.

  • How do I add my Course Certificate to my LinkedIn profile?
    Below is a step-by-step guide on how to add your Interaction Design Foundation course(s) to your LinkedIn profile: 
    1. Log in to your LinkedIn account, then go to your profile.
    2. On the right, in the Add profile section dropdown, choose Background and then select the + next to Licenses & Certifications.
    Add profile section dropdown
    3. In the following fields add: 
    • Name – Course name
    • Issuing organization – The Interaction Design Foundation
    • Check the field “This credential does not expire”
    • Issue date - Input the date written on your certificate (e.g., May 2019)
    • Credential ID – Your membership ID number (it's written on your certificate)
    • Credential URL: Input the certificate URL provided on your course page
    Add licences and certifications
    4. Click on the save button. 
    Licences and certifications final

    Congratulate yourself!

     You’ve made a great accomplishment by earning your course certificate, and now the world knows about it! 
  • How do I add the Interaction Design Foundation Membership Certificate to my LinkedIn Profile?
    Below is a step-by-step guide on how to add your Interaction Design Foundation course(s) to your LinkedIn profile: 
    1. Log in to your LinkedIn account, then go to your profile.
    2. On the right, in the Add profile section dropdown, choose Background and then select the + next to Licenses & Certifications.
    LinkedIn: Add profile section
    3. In the following fields add: 
    • Name – Membership Certificate
    • Issuing organization – The Interaction Design Foundation
    • Check the field “This credential does not expire”
    • Issue date - Input the date when you joined our community (e.g., May 2019)
    • Credential ID – Your membership ID number (it's written on your certificate)
    • Credential URL: Input the certificate URL provided on your profile page
    LinkedIn: Add license and certifications
    4. Click on the save button.
    LinkedIn: Uploaded certificate
    It is as simple as that. Now, anyone who visits your profile can see your certificate! 
  • How much will I have to pay for the courses?

    As a member, you can take as many courses as you want with no additional costs. This means you only have to pay our membership fee to take an unlimited number of courses. There will be no further charges on top of the membership fee, no matter how many courses you decide to take.

  • Do you provide mostly beginners' or more advanced courses?
    We provide courses for all levels of mastery and across the full spectrum. If you’re new to design, you can start from our beginner courses and progress all the way up to our advanced ones. If you’re an established designer, on the other hand, you will find some of our lower-level courses provide a good refresher—and the advanced ones, a bit of a challenge. 
  • How long does it take to complete a course?

    You will need approximately 5-8 hours to complete one lesson. Each course has between 3 and 16 lessons.

    Once enrolled in a course, you will gain access to a new lesson each week, which you are free to complete without any deadlines and no end date, either.

The Practical Guide to Usability
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The Practical Guide to Usability
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